In the first State of the State podcast of the new year, podcasters from Michigan State University Institute for Public Policy and Social Research talk about taxes, the economy, elections in the short term, medium term and long term.

Strong points:

  • Director of the institute Dr. Matt Grossman: New surveys show that the Michigan public and political insiders believe Governor Gretchen Whitmer will win re-election in the November 2022 vote. National trends and election history predict that the ruling party – the Democrats – is at risk of lose to Republicans in non-presidential elections. “The state’s mood is relatively sour” in the survey results, but Whitmer was upbeat in his state of the state address. “She said the word ‘bipartisan’ three or four times. Nevertheless, “she is still vulnerable”.
  • Associate Director of the Arnold Weinfeld Institute, host of the IPPSR podcast, navigated the conversation through Whitmer’s upcoming budget message, General Motors Corp.’s new investments. in Michigan, the choice between short-term tax cuts and investing in the state’s long-term needs amid long-term concerns about the COVID-19 viral pandemic.
  • IPPSR podcast guest Simon Schuster, former IPPSR Graduate Fellow and now Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, pointed to a general lack of transparency in campaign finance regulation in Michigan, especially compared to other states.
  • MSU professor emeritus of economics Charles Ballard noted that the Whitmer State of the State address called for more funding for mental health, especially for K-12 students. He questioned Whitmer’s call to repeal the tax on “pensions”, primarily on retirees. Well-to-do retirees still pay less tax than those who are still working. He issued a strong call for efforts everywhere to reduce the spread and threat of COVID-19 and its variants. “If you haven’t been vaccinated, do it. It could save your life and that of your loved ones.

The Institute for Public Policy and Social Research is part of the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. He specializes in policy education, leadership training and survey research.

IPPSR is home to Michigan’s Political Leadership Program, Office for Survey Research, State of the State Survey, Legislative Leadership Program, Rosenthal Legislative Internship Program, more than 60 corps members affiliate faculty, student policy fellows, and major research databases on topics of interest. academic researchers, legislators, policy makers, elected officials and journalists around the world.

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